A huge asteroid will fly from Earth today (October 25) and you can watch it with a zip in live broadcast from the virtual telescope project.
The asteroid 1998 HL1 will be 3.86 million miles (6.21 million kilometers) away from Earth – about 10 times the average distance to the moon – when it makes its closest approach at 1:17 PM EDT (1717 GMT), according to NASA.
The Virtual Telescope Project, an online observatory founded by astrophysicist Gianluca Massi of the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Ceccano, Italy, will transmit live telescope views of the asteroid shortly before the 1
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NASA classifies the 1998 HL1 asteroid as "potentially dangerous" because the space rock has "the potential to make threatening close approaches to Earth." This does not mean that this time the asteroid is a threat. The agency identifies all asteroids whose orbits around the sun come within 4.6 million miles (7.8 million km) of Earth's orbit and have a diameter of at least 500 feet (meters) as "potentially dangerous asteroids."
Asteroid 1998 HL1 measures a diameter of about 1800 feet (550 meters) or about the height of the Sears Tower in Chicago, according to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "It's going to get pretty light during the flight," Massie wrote in a description of today's webcast.
Today's fly will be closest to October 26, 2140, when it will be a little closer to Earth at a distance of 3.84 million miles (6.18 million km). So, the 1998 HL1 will not pose a real threat to Earth in the foreseeable future.